Marcin Kesek is a 27-year-old photographer from a tiny village located in the southern Poland area called Gronkow. Kesek lives in an enchanting place near the Tatra Mountains, Pieniny and Gorce. Not too many years ago, he decided to document these remarkable landscapes at the perfect time of the day for the best possible lighting.
This project led to his passion for landscape photography. In his work, the vital element is always the lighting which determines how the scenery will look like in the photos. Typically he goes to the location that he is planning to photograph at least one hour prior to sunrise.
As he watches the transforming sky, he starts creating compositions that he would like to depict. Likewise when he decides to shoot a sunset, he will usually linger a few minutes after the event since the sky tends to have more intensity. Kesek also likes to return to the same place several times because it is difficult to take the perfect photo under idyllic conditions in one attempt.
However, he does admit to those rare confluence of events when everything falls into place for photographic perfection. For Kesek, there is also the other pleasure of landscape photography, which is to simply be close to nature. He loves what he does and it shows in his exquisite images of the Tatra Mountains.
The Tatras are Poland’s solitary alpine-type mountains, forming the highest part of the massive transboundary arc which is SE Europe’s Carpathian chain. It covers around 785 km2, thus being only 57 km long in a straight line, and as small as 19 km wide in some parts.
Despite this, it has a true mountain feel, rising to its highest elevation at 2654m Gerlach, on the Slovakian portion. Kesek shot his images with a Nikon D700 and Nikkor 16-35/4 mm, 24-70/2.8 mm and Sigma 120-400 mm lenses. He also typically takes his Manfrotto 190X PROB tripod along.
See Kesek’s breathtaking work here.